Asha’s son, a cheerful, popular boy who dreams of working in a fancy hotel. Rahul is Mirchi’s best friend, even though Rahul is Hindu and belongs to the Shiv Sena party that hates low-caste Northern Indian Muslims like Mirchi’s family. Rahul’s openness and friendly demeanor is a sign of the changing India, which looks more towards economic opportunity and less towards old concerns of caste and religion.
The timeline below shows where the character Rahul Waghekar appears in Behind the Beautiful Forevers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: Annawadi
...his bottles. In the afternoon, Mirchi gets home from school and waits for his friend Rahul to tell him about his day working for the Intercontinental Hotel. Rahul appears wearing fine... (full context)
Chapter 2: Asha
Chapter 4: Manju
Chapter 9: Marquee Effect